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A Thrill for Thelma (1935)

A young girl, wanting a life of luxury, takes the "easy" way, and winds up in jail.

Director:

Edward L. Cahn (as Edward Cahn)

Writers:

Richard Goldstone (screen play), Marty Brooks (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Hervey ... Thelma Black
Robert Livingston ... Steve Black
Robert Warwick ... Captain Richard Kyne
William Tannen ... MGM Reporter
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Storyline

Thelma Black, a young inmate in a women's prison, tells the story of how she wound up in jail. Recently graduated from high school and then beauty college, Thelma, who dreamed of a life of wealth, got a job working as a beautician. She married Steve Black, whose high life she thought she wanted to emulate. She did not know however that Steve is a thief. In one of his escapades in which she was an unwitting accessory, the outcome goes horribly wrong. Despite the problems of that situation, Thelma enjoyed the thrill, but more importantly the easy wealth associated with holding up people. Steve and Thelma believe they are one step ahead of the law. The police, however, are able to piece together the evidence, which includes a distinguishing characteristic of Thelma herself. Beyond the prison sentence, Thelma's crimes have a more profound effect on her life than she could have imagined. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Short | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay Series No. 4: 'A Thrill for Thelma' See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fourth of 48 MGM "Crimes Does Not Pay" shorts released from 1935 to 1947. See more »

Goofs

The story is supposed to take place in New York, but when the police are studying a wall map marked with the locations of the crimes it's clearly a map of Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

Thelma Black: With every job I became more thrilled. It all seemed so simple. Such an easy way to get everything I'd wanted out of life: luxury, money, excitement.
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Connections

Followed by Hit-and-Run Driver (1935) See more »

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The criminal lifestyle
14 September 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This 'Crime Does Not Pay' short subject from MGM examines the case of a woman who got caught up in criminality because of who she married and because she found herself enjoying the thrill.

Irene Hervey is our protagonist and she's looking like she's on the straight and narrow even marrying a good looking chap Robert Livingston. But when Livingston has her along on a robbery, she really likes the thrill.

As in all the MGM 'Crime Does Not Pay' shorts, they slip up as criminals do in real life too.

I'm agreeing with the other reviewer, a bit heavy handed but effective.


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